governor Rick Perry has reached out to 10,000 Texans by
e-mail asking for their support of a state
constitutional amendment that would define marriage as
the union of a man and a woman. In turn, an
anti-amendment group sent out 10,000 mailers to Democrats
accusing Perry and fellow Republicans of attacking gay
and lesbian families.
Perry's e-mail, sent out on Tuesday, read, "That
marriage is the union between a man and a woman is a
truth known to each one of us already, and any attempt
to allow same-sex marriages is a detriment to the
family unit and hurts our state and nation."
The Texas Marriage Alliance relayed the e-mail
through its Web site, which was started this year in
support of Proposition 2, the measure that would amend
the state constitution.
The anti-amendment group, No Nonsense in 2006,
paid for a mailing to past Travis County Democratic
Party donors questioning the "unnecessary and divisive
amendment." The mailer said that Perry and "the
Republican legislature are running a shell game with an
unnecessary, dangerous attack on our constitution and
Texas families." Proposition 2 is among nine measures
on the November 8 ballot. (AP)